Nick Clegg

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Nick Clegg

Currently the Deputy Prime Minister and Lord President of the Council in the coalition government of which David Cameron is the Prime Minister add

Category: Politics

Born in 1967.

Countries: United Kingdom (66%), United States (8%), (5%)

Main connections: Liberal Democrats, David Cameron, The Guardian

Linked to: Conservative Party, University of Minnesota, House of Commons of the United Kingdom, Liberal Democrats

 

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Nick Clegg was born in 1967 add something


1974

No political party had an overall majority, resulting in the nation's first hung parliament since February 1974 add something


1978

It was the only first day motion defeat for a government since 1978 add something


1986

He spent a gap year working as a skiing instructor in Austria, before going on to Cambridge University in 1986, where he studied Archaeology and Anthropology at Robinson College add something

 

It has been alleged that Clegg joined the Cambridge University Conservative Association between 1986 and 1987 add something


1989

Clegg spent the summer of 1989 as an office junior in Postipankki bank in Helsinki add something


1993

In 1993, Clegg won the "Financial Times"' David Thomas Prize, in remembrance of an FT journalist killed on assignment in Kuwait in 1991 add something


1994

In April 1994, he took up a post at the European Commission, working in the TACIS aid programme to the former Soviet Union add something


1998

Clegg was selected as the lead Liberal Democrat euro-candidate for the East Midlands in 1998, and was first tipped as a politician to watch by Paddy Ashdown in 1999 add something


1999

Fifty years of service to Europe", College of Europe, Bruges, 1999 add something


2000

In 2000 Clegg married Miriam González Durántez, from Valladolid add something


2001

Clegg worked extensively during his time as an MEP to support the party in the region, not least in Chesterfield where Paul Holmes was elected as MP in 2001 add something


2002

Clegg decided to leave Brussels in 2002, arguing in an article in "The Guardian" newspaper that the battle to persuade the public of the benefits of Europe was being fought at home, not in Brussels add something

 

One particular article in 2002 accused Gordon Brown of encouraging "condescension" towards Germany add something

 

With Dr Richard Grayson he wrote a book in 2002 about the importance of devolution in secondary education systems, based on comparative research across Europe add something


2003

Vince Cable - Cable became the Liberal Democrats Treasury Spokesman in June 2003, and was elected Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats in March 2006, becoming Acting Leader for two months in 2007 following Sir Menzies Campbell's resignation until the election of Nick Clegg


2004

In 2004 Nick Clegg MEP explained to the Select Committee on European Union Sixteenth Report that the aim of MEPs like himself, who had been active in the debate on the EU's negotiating mandate, was to obtain the right to ratify any major WTO deal entered into by the European Union add something

 

In November 2004, Sheffield Hallam MP Richard Allan announced his intention to stand down from parliament, Clegg was selected as the candidate for Sheffield Hallam constituency add something


2005

Clegg was elected to the House of Commons at the 2005 general election and became the Liberal Democrats' Home Affairs spokesperson in 2006 add something

 

Clegg was elected to the House of Commons at the 2005 general election and became the Liberal Democrats' Home Affairs spokesperson in 2006 add something


2006

After the 2006 leadership election, Clegg was promoted to be Home Affairs spokesperson, replacing Mark Oaten add something

 

The BBC's Political Editor Nick Robinson stated the election would be a two-horse race between Clegg and Chris Huhne who had stood against Campbell in the 2006 election add something

 

Following the resignation of Charles Kennedy on 7 January 2006, Clegg was touted as a possible leadership contender add something

 

Chris Huhne - In the 2006 election he came second to Sir Menzies Campbell and in the 2007 election he narrowly lost to Nick Clegg


2007

Before becoming Leader of the party in 2007 he served as treasurer and secretary of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on National Parks, a particular interest given that his constituency includes part of the Peak District National Park add something

 

Clegg caused a degree of controversy when at the Liberal Democrat party conference in 2007 he admitted his leadership ambitions to journalists at a fringe event add something

 

Clegg has been the Leader of the Liberal Democrats since 2007, and a Member of Parliament representing Sheffield Hallam since 2005 add something

 

Eventually on 15 October 2007 Campbell resigned saying that questions about his leadership were "getting in the way of further progress by the party" add something

 

Chris Huhne - After Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesman, Nick Clegg, announced his intention during the 2007 party conference to stand for the leadership should Sir Menzies Campbell retire, Chris Huhne, when asked about his leadership ambitions said that there was "no vacancy, and it would be premature to even talk about the position of there being a vacancy"

 

Greg Mulholland - In the 2007 Liberal Democrat leadership election he supported Nick Clegg

 

Mark Hunter (politician) - From the election of Nick Clegg as leader of the Liberal Democrats in December 2007 to the 2010 General Election, Mark Hunter served as Clegg's Parliamentary Private Secretary and the party's Transport Spokesman in the Commons

 

Brian Eno - In December 2007, the newly-elected Leader of Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg, appointed Eno as his youth affairs adviser

 

Liberal Democrats - On 18 December 2007, Nick Clegg won the leadership election, becoming the party's fourth leader


2008

In the 2008 London Assembly elections the Liberal Democrats were the only one of the three main parties to see a decrease in their share of the vote, and in the mayoral election the Liberal Democrat candidate Brian Paddick came third again with a decreased share of the vote add something

 

Clegg was appointed to the Privy Council on 30 January 2008 and affirmed his membership on 12 March 2008 add something

 

Clegg's rocky start to the role was exacerbated in March 2008 when "GQ" magazine ran with an interview conducted by Piers Morgan in which Clegg admitted to sleeping with "no more than 30" women add something

 

On 5 March 2008 Clegg suffered a real test following the resignation of 3 of his front bench team add something

 

In November 2008 Clegg suffered more allegations of difficulties with the front bench following an article in the "Daily Mirror" which reported that Clegg had criticised senior members of his front bench whilst on a plane journey add something

 

Danny Alexander - In June 2008 Alexander gave up his role shadowing the Work and Pensions brief to become Chief of Staff to the Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg


2009

At the 2009 party conference in Bournemouth he accused the Conservatives of "simply believing it is their turn" and claimed that come the election the "choice before people is the choice between fake, phoney change from David Cameron's Conservatives, and real change the Liberal Democrats offer" add something

 

In terms of public spending Clegg, at the party's 2009 conference in Bournemouth, argued that there needed to be "savage" spending cuts and said politicians need to treat voters "like grown ups" whilst accusing the Labour and Conservative parties of indulging in "childish games" over the "c-word" add something

 

In the Commons Clegg initially concentrated most of his fire on Labour and Prime Minister Gordon Brown, but in the autumn of 2009 began focusing on Conservative leader David Cameron and the Conservatives add something

 

On 29 April 2009 a motion in the House of Commons by the Liberal Democrats that all Gurkhas be offered an equal right of residence resulted in a defeat for the Government by 267 votes to 246 add something

 

"Daily Mail", 21 June 2009 and that he was "not proud" of it add something

 

Steve Webb - On 8 January 2009 Nick Clegg announced his "General Election Team" and an "economic recovery group" with Webb appointed as Work and Pensions spokesman


2010

Comedian Bill Bailey serenades Clegg in his 2010 production Dandelion Mind, singing "Nick Clegg you don't have to wear that dress tonight, walk the streets for money, you don't have to sell your body to the right" add something

 

Five parliamentary by-elections have been held during Clegg's leadership prior to the 2010 General Election add something

 

In 2010, Clegg elaborated on this question, stating "I was asked add something

 

The article was dusted down during the 2010 General Election campaign when the Daily Mail interpreted the article as being a "Nazi slur on Britain" and Clegg had begun to feel the full heat of the British tabloid press following his success during the first Leaders debate add something

 

The morning after the 2010 General Election presented the country with no one political party able to form a government that would command a majority in the House of Commons add something

 

The row marks one of the most serious crises for the Coalition since the 2010 general election add something

 

After Clegg's performance in the first of three general election debates on 15 April 2010, there was an unprecedented surge of media attention and support for the Liberal Democrats in opinion polls add something

 

Gordon Brown's resignation on 11 May 2010 meant that Cameron was invited by the Queen to form a government and a coalition with the Liberal Democrats was agreed with Nick Clegg as the Deputy Prime Minister add something

 

Clegg became Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Lord President of the Council on 11 May 2010 through a coalition with the Conservative Party under Prime Minister David Cameron add something

 

On 5 July 2010 Clegg unveiled plans to have fewer MPs and to hold a referendum on the voting system so that the next General Election would be contested under the Alternative Vote system add something

 

On 21 July 2010, Clegg became the first Liberal Democrat Leader to answer for Prime Minister's Questions add something

 

On 22 July 2010 the question for the referendum on AV was published asking voters if they wish to "adopt the 'alternative vote' system instead of the current 'first past the post' system" for electing MPs" add something

 

The corresponding bill was presented to parliament on 22 July 2010 and the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 received Royal Assent on 15 September 2011 add something

 

Clegg next stepped in for prime minister's questions on 8 September 2010 following the news that David Cameron's father had taken very ill add something

 

His wife is a Roman Catholic and they are bringing up their children as Catholics; nevertheless, Clegg has stated that he does not believe in God. On 16 September 2010 during Pope Benedict XVI's visit to the United Kingdom, Clegg attended the State reception in the grounds of Holyrood Palace and was introduced to the Pope by Queen Elizabeth II add something

 

When he appeared on "Desert Island Discs" in October 2010, his choice of discs included Johnny Cash, Prince and Radiohead and his luxury was a "stash of cigarettes" add something

 

On 12 October 2010, a review by Lord Browne into future university funding set up by the previous Labour government was announced and its findings supported by Vince Cable, the Liberal Democrat Business Secretary add something

 

On 14 October 2010 Clegg delivered a speech at a school in Chesterfield, at which he announced the governments intention to spend £7 billion on a 'fairness premium' designed to see extra support going to the poorest pupils over the course of the parliament add something

 

On 24 October 2010 Clegg told the BBC's Andrew Marr that despite the recommendations of the Browne review, the government was still considering its response add something

 

On 10 November 2010 students staged a series of marches to demonstrate against the proposed increase in the upper limit of what is it possible for a university to charge for tuition fees add something

 

On 10 November 2010, as David Cameron was making a trade visit to China, Clegg deputised for the third time, meeting Harriet Harman across the despatch box add something

 

On 24 November 2010 further protests from students took place with many students walking out of lessons to join the demonstration add something

 

Frank Luntz - During the 2010 UK General Election, Luntz led focus groups during the Prime Ministerial debates between Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg, and wrote about his findings for "The Sun", and appeared on the BBCs Daily Politics

 

Alastair Stewart - On 15 April 2010, Stewart moderated the first ever United Kingdom leaders debates between the Prime Ministerial candidates in the 2010 general election, featuring the incumbent Gordon Brown, Conservative leader David Cameron and Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg, debating on live television

 

Adam Boulton - On 22 April 2010, during the UK General Election campaign, Boulton hosted Sky News' 'Leaders' Debate' live from Bristol, the second in a series of three televised debates between Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg produced, in turn, and on consecutive Thursdays, by ITV News, Sky News and the BBC.

 

Flirtomatic - By May 5, 2010, 10,000 Flirtomatic users weighed in: 34,4 percent chose Liberal Democrat candidate Nick Clegg, 33,9 percent picked Conservative candidate David Cameron and 31,7 percent selected Labour candidate Gordon Brown

 

Institute for Fiscal Studies - In October 2010, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg accused the IFS of using methods that were "distorted and a complete nonsense"


2011

The Act received Royal Assent on 16 February 2011 add something

 

In an interview in April 2011 Clegg stated he dealt with the pressures of political office by reading novels late at night and he "cries regularly to music" add something

 

The Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill was presented to parliament on 22 July 2010 for its first reading which if successful would see the date of the referendum on changing the voting system from the current 'first past the post' system to the Alternative Vote system set for 5 May 2011 add something

 

Mark Harper - He worked with Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg on the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Act 2011 which enabled the Alternative Vote referendum and changes to the number and size of constituencies

 

Liberal Democrats - In 2011 party leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said "But we are not on the left and we are not on the right

 

Liberal Democrats - In March 2011 Nick Clegg made a speech to his party conference stating that he believed that his party belonged to the radical centre

 

UK Green Investment Bank - On 23 May 2011, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg at a speech at Climate Change Capital stated that the Green Investment Bank "will begin operating in April 2012", adding that the bank's early targets would be "offshore wind, waste and non-domestic energy efficiency"

 

Autism Plus - In November 2011 Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg attended a dinner held by Autism Plus at The Cutlers Hall, Sheffield to talk about the 'Heart Attack' in the British Economy


2012

In August 2012 after reform of the House of Lords was abandoned, Clegg said the Conservatives have defied the Coalition agreement by trying to pick and choose which items of Government policy they support add something

 

In September 2012 Clegg formally announced that he was regrettably withdrawing proposals to reform the Lords in the face of overwhelming opposition from Conservative MPs add something

 

In September 2012, Clegg released a video in which he apologised for breaking his 2010 election pledge not to increase university tuition fees add something

 

Daniel Radcliffe - In 2012, however, Radcliffe switched his allegiance to Labour, citing disappointment with the performance of Nick Clegg and the Lib Dems in government, and approving of the Labour leader, Ed Miliband

 

First Utility - In April 2012 UK Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg noted the potential of the partnership between First Utility and Opower in a green economy speech, stating: From the summer, we'll be trialling a new project with First Utility and America's Opower where consumers are told how much energy other, similar households use

 

William Hague - In June 2012 Hague stood in for Cameron at PMQ's when both Cameron and Deputy PM Nick Clegg were out of the country

 

The Poke - An autotuned remix uploaded in September 2012 to YouTube of Nick Clegg's apology over going back on his promise to oppose a rise in tuition fees saw the website rise to national publicity, with the video becoming an internet phenomenon

 

Carwyn Jones - On 8 September 2012 UK Deputy Prime Minister and Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg accused Carwyn Jones of blaming London for everything rather than taking action himself

 

Danny Alexander - On 22 September 2012, Danny Alexander was appointed by Nick Clegg to review alternatives to like-for-like replacement of the Trident nuclear missile system, after Nick Harvey had been sacked as Minister of State for the Armed Forces in David Cameron's government reshuffle

 

Edward Davey - On 22 September 2012, Davey was reported as preparing his own challenge for party leadership in the event of Nick Clegg being deposed

 

David Cameron - In November 2012, Cameron and Nick Clegg agreed to fast-track legislation for introducing same-sex marriage


2013

Since 2013 they have been frequently outpolled by UKIP add something

 

Since January 2013 Clegg has presented a weekly radio show on LBC called "Call Clegg" add something

 

Ed Miliband - On 18 March 2013, Miliband reached a deal with both Cameron and Nick Clegg on new press regulation laws following the Leveson Inquiry, which he said "satisfied the demands of protection for victims and freedom of the press"

 

Low-carbon economy - Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg confirmed that emission reporting rules would come into effect from April 2013 in his piece for The Guardian

 

Low-carbon economy - Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg confirmed that emission reporting rules would come into effect from April 2013 in his piece for The Guardian

 

Apprenticeship Ambassadors Network - On 10 July 2013, Ross Brawn OBE, Theo Fennell, Christine Gaskell MBE, Michel Roux Jr, Pete Waterman OBE and Baroness Wall of New Barnet received Honorary Apprenticeships, presented by Deputy Prime Minister Rt Hon Nick Clegg, at Admiralty House


 

The programme was nominated for two Radio Academy awards in 2014 add something

 

In April 2014, Clegg refused to hold an inquiry into the child abuse allegations of Cyril Smith, he said "My party, the Liberal Democrats, did not know about these actions add something

 

Harriet Harman - In 2014, she accused Nick Clegg of turning into a Tory during Prime Minister's Questions


2015

Clegg confirmed that the government planned to introduce legislation for five-year fixed-term parliaments, with elections to be held on the first Thursday in May of the fifth year after the previous general election, starting with 7 May 2015 add something

 

He resigned on 8 May 2015 as leader of the Liberal Democrats following the results of the United Kingdom General Election 2015 after holding the position for over seven years add something

 

David Dimbleby - In 2015, Dimbleby hosted the first BBC General Election debate, in spite of the fact that neither David Cameron nor Nick Clegg took part

 

Danny Alexander - In January 2015, Nick Clegg was accused of a "desperate ploy" to save Alexander's seat from the SNP by offering the possibility of completing a city deal for Inverness just ahead of the United Kingdom general election, 2015


2016

Proposed referendum on United Kingdom membership of the European Union - A debate was held by The Guardian, on 15 March 2016 featuring the leader of UKIP Nigel Farage, Conservative MP Andrea Leadsom, the leader of Labour's "yes" campaign Alan Johnson and former leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg

 

Boris Johnson - In June 2016, Nick Clegg described him as "like Donald Trump with a thesaurus"


2017

He subsequently lost his seat in Parliament in the 2017 general election add something

 

In the 2017 general election, Clegg lost his seat Sheffield Hallam to Labour add something


2018

In May 2018 Miliband joined Nick_Clegg (Category:Nick_Clegg) and Nicky Morgan calling for a soft Brexit add something

 

On 23 June 2018 Clegg appeared at the People's Vote march in London to mark the second anniversary of the referendum to leave the European Union add something

 

In October 2018 it was announced Clegg had been hired as a lobbyist and public relations officer in his role as Vice-President, Global Affairs and Communications at Facebook, replacing Elliot Schrage add something

 

David Miliband - In May 2018 Miliband joined Nick Clegg and Nicky Morgan calling for a soft Brexit